With all the thinks that went wrong in our first major production, we have learnt what to do, and what to not do for the next production we’re going to have. Firstly, casting is going to start very early, a few months earlier to be specific. This will give us a chance to not only look for more people, but it will also give us time to audition them properly instead of hiring them straight away because we’re short on time. We will still be asking them to send us self tape of themselves, and we’re give them a draft script that we feature the character they’ll be auditioning for in a situation where they have to make a serious life choice. We’re be studying their mannerisms, pace of dialogue, tone and body-language to see if they are better suited for the role. The next thing will be making a draft script, this idea came about so that we stop sending our work/script to people that are not going to end up being casted for our production. Though our script is copy-written, we don’t want to take the chance of it being plagiarised. As I stated on a previous post, we also intent to give the actors a £30 allowance that will cover food, and travel expenses while they are working with us, this will work will for our budget cost and save us a bit of money. We also aim to start using crowdfunding, the module we had in the Foundation Degree will finally come in handy.
In the process of pre-production, we want to develop all of our character, we have also entertained the idea of one of our feature character becoming a main character. Melody, who was a feature character, is now possibly going to be a main character, the reason for this is that there are many sides to women as a whole, one woman cannot embody every aspect of what being a woman is, there are glamour girls, there are tom-boys, there are woman who are feminists, there are those who don’t agree with feminism, thats just a short example. So making Melody a main character will help us reach more of our female audiences. Those who don’t relate to Tori, might relate to Melody and her free spirit.
I’ve thrown the idea of possibly hiring a researcher to help with out plot development and character development. We as a team will be doing our own research into being better writers, producers and directors! We aim to utilise our Masterclass subscription and take different online courses in writing so we can all come with a different outlook and angle into writing and building the show up. The main reason for us hiring a researcher would be for developing the psyche of each character. The research would be asked to look into different psychological approaches that people have in life, how people come to make life altering good/bad choices, what makes someone calm and collected, what makes someone promiscuous, two faced and so on. having these facts in detail will help us in how we approach and deal with what each character is going through on each episode.
We currently have no date for the reshoot, only the month we intend to shoot it on, which is October. At first I thought this would be a problem due to not being able to borrow university equipment, but after speaking to my tutor he found a way around that problem, and I’m more at ease.
In the aim of having better results, I will be pushing for us to hire a professional sound recorder, cinematographer and someone to keep track of time. We all have learnt how important time management is from this production, and we all intend to make sure we don’t have the same issue.